m. Miranda @ Nemesis
mua. Bekki Mitchell
sty. Zoey Hughes
M9, 50mm Summicron.
So I use the ilovemyleica hashtag alot (A LOT) so I’m guessing it goes without saying that I really do indeed love my Leica. Why? is often the question I get asked, I kinda of feel the photographs I create with it answer that question but perhaps that’s a little short sighted of me (and glib of me). So I’ve been thinking of a non fan boy / preachy way of explaining why it seems that the Leica M is the tool I’m happiest using.
Compared to many other cameras on the market the M9 loses when it comes to statistics and tech specs and all that dull fluff. To me that stuff is just noise and sales crap, I live with my cameras, day in day out. It’s how using the camera makes me feel, it’s how it allows me to connect with my subject, how it gets out of the way and just lets me create the photographs I want to create with it. I understand it and it’s ways and in return it rewards me with beautiful colour rendition and stunning clarity. It handles light so very beautifully, it inspires me to hunt out interesting light and interesting situations. It just gives me a connection and intimacy with my subject that all other cameras I’ve used can make a little more awkward. The M9 allows me to concentrate on signal (Zack Arias) the sheer simplicity of it, camera, 50mm lens, aperture, shutter dial, iso setting. No autofocus, no HDR, no auto, no super high iso, no zoom, no snake oil, no magic wand. It makes me work to create photographs and more importantly it makes me think. I helps me put something of myself into my work by simply letting me work.
So hopefully without sounding like a sales pitch that explains a little my feelings towards the M9. It’s no review, it’s simply a statement of my opinion of how I work with the Leica.
Perhaps another reason is how my assistant once put it “Perhaps it’s because it isn’t the accepted tool.” I kind of agree that despite using a 5D2, I really do get sick of the same looking images coming from the same cameras. Plus I’ve never been one to follow the crowd. The 5D2 is (at the moment) a vital tool in my bag, however it is gradually getting dusty.
Do I lust after the new M? To be honest not really, yesterday I shot at iso 1250 and the images are beautiful. Yes there’s noise but there is also feeling and emotion. The one and only thing about the new M I wish for is the shutter noise (sad I know)
Do I lust after a Monochrom? hmmmmmmmmm . . . . . . 🙂 I wouldn’t say no to one but for my work It couldn’t be a one or the other, I’d still use the M9 that has so captured my admiration.
Yesterday I had a HUGE moment of self realisation in my craft. For whatever reason it happened and I’m so very grateful for it. I’ll admit I was on the boundaries of my comfort zone yet I was creating photographs … Continue reading →
Plus a hint at what we came up with for new girl Natalie. I love it when you see the shot and then realise where the inspiration came from for it. Avedon has been a huge factor in a lot of my work (especially my B&W) so it’s nice to create an image which I feel pays total homage to the man and his work.
The image from my mind that sparked the idea for this shot. It’s amazing how our minds just hold these images until the right situation calls for them. I saw what Natalie was wearing and the big ol’ white space and figured why not give it a go.
“The truth is, no portrait of substance has people smiling. Look at the history of painting, Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, Sargent, Vermeer, DaVinci, etc., the subjects gaze to the viewer is neutral at best, neither inviting nor forbidding. It is there for the viewer to see and feel. Smiling is like much of American popular culture, superficial and misleading. It is part of our vernacular, but it should be expunged in photographs.”
Vivian Yu wears Dragana Perisic London
Bags – Dragana Perisic London
MUA & Hair – Nuria Soriano
Peacock Yard Studios – London
The Monday morning blog post.
Just a quick peek at one of the finals from the shoot for Dragana Perisic last weekend.
Things are gradually coming to a close for the year, sure there are still a couple of jobs hanging out for shoot dates but all in all the time for reflection is almost upon me.
What does the Winter slow down mean for me? well I get to do the accounts which is always fun . . . . . . . also it’s time to really nail down the portfolio and solidify my online, print and iPad versions so they all pretty much work in tandem. It’s time to look back over the year and see where I got my breaks and where I made my mistakes, lessons learned and battle scars earned. The ball is rolling and I need to make sure it’s still going the right way to get to where I want it to be. Plus it’s time to just look back and remember what I’ve actually done in the last 12 months. This time last year I was coming up to finishing up the 365 project (thankfully) this year I’m glad I didn’t continue as I’m almost certain it would have fallen by the wayside.
However it isn’t all work work work, the time is here to see friends and family, catch up on what’s been happening with folk and generally have a good old fashion knees up.
Worry not though there’s still a couple of fresh shoots due before the year’s out so I’ll be back before you need to hang your new calendars on the wall.
I’m still here folks, just totally swamped at the moment. A quick heads up for any UK based readers that if you keep the above photograph in mind next time you head into a W H Smiths (or other large newsagents) you may discover why I’ve been a little quiet around these parts of late. No need to open the magazines this time (hint hint)
Always nice to throw a hair flick in now and then. Even more so after naming a light set up after her. “The Mol” is now a bit of a favourite in my bag of tricks and it’s all thanks to a Bowens light going up in smoke . . . . . . . .